UPDATED: June 17th, 2017

Just because you don’t believe in God doesn’t mean you can’t pray. As more Americans of all ages and religious upbringing describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated, even in the traditionally Catholic Latino community, secular prayer is becoming more common. According to Pew Research, “Hispanic Millennials mirror young American adults overall in their lower rates of religious affiliation and commitment compared with their older counterparts. Similar shares of Hispanic Millennials (28%) and U.S. Millennials overall (31%) say they have no particular religion or are atheist or agnostic.”

Romancing CartagenaEven if you don’t participate in organized religion and don’t want to pray to God,

secular spirituality can still exist in your life and the power of prayer should not be ignored. Many people find prayer helpful and fulfilling regardless of whom or what they are praying to. Here are 12 ways to help you think about secular prayer and spirituality without religious affiliation.

REM-in-ZEN-How-to-Sleep-Better-with-5-Easy-Tips-Photo21. Meditate
If you are not sure how to approach secular prayer, consider that the silence of our own thoughts brings comfort and calm. Meditation can be spiritual for many people and may be a way to bring them closer to a sacred space.